Around 300 stage miles and four days planned

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

A route tak­ing in be­tween 250 and 300 stage miles and run­ning over four days are key de­tails of the 2017 Roger Al­bert Clark Rally, which will run from Novem­ber 10 to 13.

Af­ter a two-year ab­sence the event will re­turn with a broader ge­o­graphic spread and, for the first time, will al­low the use of sub­jec­tive route notes. An en­try fee of around £3000 is an­tic­i­pated.

Event man­ager Colin Hep­pen­stall is plan­ning a route that cov­ers York­shire, Kielder and Scot­land and is also ex­plor­ing op­tions to take the event into the Welsh forests for some stages.

Hep­pen­stall said: “A lot of peo­ple didn’t think the event would come back into the calendar, but we al­ways had the in­ten­tion of bring­ing the event back to how it was when it all started back in 2004.”

The event has at­tracted in­ter­est quickly, with Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship run­ner-up Tom Cave con­firm­ing in­ter­est.

“The stages they’ve used in the past have been clas­sic stages with so much her­itage,” he said.

“It’s a chal­lenge a com­pet­i­tive driver wants to go and do. It would be a lot dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to do­ing. To try and join the list of win­ners would be bril­liant. It’s good to see it back with good mileage.”

More de­tails about the event will be an­nounced at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional in Jan­uary. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing:

Jack Benyon

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence, Mike Dixon

The R.A.C. hasn’t run for the last two sea­sons

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